April 14 statement on Duante Wright

Helene Dillard

 

I can’t believe that I am once again struggling to comprehend the senseless killing of black men and women. Coupling that with the rise in hate crimes against the Asian Pacific Islander community, I wonder, when our communities will become safer for people of color? To quote Chancellor May, it’s exhausting.  

I find solace and hope in the statement from UC President Michael Drake on the tragic killing of Duante Wright and the statement from Chancellor May. The daily news reports are disturbing, and I find that I need to disconnect from the videos and talk shows that fuel the hurt, fear and exhaustion. Talking through these events with colleagues is helpful, and supporting one another during this challenging time is critically important.

We are fortunate to have supportive mental health resources for faculty, staff and students.

The Academic and Staff Assistance Program, or ASAP provides confidential counseling for faculty and staff and offer their services virtually, and Student Health and Counseling Services provides students with mental health services, advocacy, outreach and consultation to promote psychological well-being and academic success.

As we await the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial, this is a good time to review the racial trauma resources and revisit our Principles of Community.

Also, there will be an opportunity to connect with the UC Davis community in an event called “Processing Space: The Derek Chauvin Trial,” hosted by the Center for African Diaspora Student Success on April 20, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.

https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/91898031250 
Meeting ID: 918 9803 1250

All of these resources will be very helpful as we continue to reflect and hold difficult conversations within our communities.

Sincerely,

Helene R. Dillard

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